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“dehydrating” Water Logged/oversaturated Pelt?

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by Maddmartagan, Apr 4, 2019.

  1. Maddmartagan

    Maddmartagan New Member

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    so I think I left some squirrel pelts in a solution that had too much or not enough salt. Either way, the hides have gotten really thick and water logged. Is there any way to reverse this? Or are the hides ruined? I have dried them out but then when I rehydrates them again, they plump back up. Let me know if it’s not clear what I’m referring to as I might not be explaining it very well. Thanks!
     
  2. Fallenscale

    Fallenscale Well-Known Member

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    That's what hides do when you pickle them they swell up . That's one reason to thin the hide. If you want to mount them squeeze all the water you can from them. Dry the fur. Mount they will dry.
     
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  3. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Water swells leather or treated skin. As the skin dries on the mount it thins back down. That's why a freshly mounted deer head looks slightly puffy and much less puffy once dried.